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United Nations chief welcomes North Korea's closure of nuke test site

15 May, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Meanwhile, South Korea's Ministry of Unification stated on Tuesday Pyongyang will invite South Korean reporters from one news agency and from one television broadcaster to observe the dismantling of a nuclear test site.

Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a United States monitor said Tuesday. This is stated in a report published on Monday on the 38 NorthAmerican site of the US-based research group at the Johns Hopkins University.

The images show several buildings near all four entrance tunnels have been completely or partially demolished.

However, Pyongyang has yet to say whether it will give up its nuclear weapons and dismantle related facilities other than Punggye-ri.

The analysis said that could be because North Korea has promised to invite foreign journalists to witness the site's final dismantling.

But not all buildings have been destroyed yet, the researchers concluded.

The ventilation system for the tunnel system under Mount Mantap, which covers the testing facilities, also was apparently being broken down, the report added.

The regime later said it would invite journalists from China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA between May 23 and May 25 to observe the collapse and closing of test tunnels and other facilities.

The closure of the site is seen as a step toward the denuclearization of North Korea.

His comments come ahead of a unprecedented summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump on June 12 where they are expected to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The ultimate goal for North Korea is to become a nuclear weapons state, claims a former North Korean diplomat.

But days after, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper reported that the facility had collapsed, threatening an "unprecedented risk" of radioactive fallout. But the North's announcement Saturday did not mention anything about inviting experts to Punggy-ri, spawning speculation that the North may want to hide some information about its past nuclear tests. "The key is for the North Korean leader to decide".

"If North Korea has really chose to denuclearize, it has no reason not to invite them", the editorial said.

On Kim's demeanor, Pompeo said "conversations are professional" and that the North Korean leader "knows his brief" and is "able to deal with complexity when the conversation requires it".

However, in spite of its pledge to stop testing, North Korea has given no indication it is willing to go beyond statements of broad conceptual support for denuclearization by unilaterally abandoning a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.

Kim first revealed his plans during a summit last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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